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To: Mr Rogers
"...if I saw some armed guys in cammo beside the road at night, I’d have my own gun out in a heartbeat. And if one of those armed men pointed a gun at me, I’d be in fear of my life and might well shoot."

Those feelings go both ways, which is why the LEOs need to coordinate with civilians, and make sure it is very clear that they are LEOs when they approach civilians - particularly if they too are holding weapons instead of just having a holstered side arm.

Brash statements from either side aren't smart. What is needed is cooperation, coordination, and very clear identification of LEOs.

9 posted on 08/20/2013 7:38:38 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: freeandfreezing

I see no reason for private citizens like myself to be making armed patrols of public property. I run, ride horses & hike on public land. If I see some guys with rifles who are not acting like hunters, my first thought would be “Drug dealers”. And if I have a gun with me, my instinct would be to use my gun to cover my retreat.

I also go out shooting in the desert. I’ve met armed guys planning to use the same general area for target practice. Again, the context - in daytime, in an area suitable for target shooting - makes a difference.


12 posted on 08/20/2013 7:46:07 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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